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2024 awards and accolades

An ongoing list of 2024 accolades and research awards received by Baskin Engineering faculty, students, and staff.

Portrait of Jason Eshraghian

Jason Eshraghian, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering received the 2023 IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine best paper award for his work: “Memristor-Based Binarized Spiking Neural Networks: Challenges and applications.”

Portrait of Christopher Vollmers

Associate Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Christopher Vollmers was awarded the 2024 Kinnex Full-Length Prize as part of the Human RNA SMRT Grant — for his proposal: generating a tissue-level annotation of the human genome.

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Benedict Paten, Associate Professor of Biomolecular Engineering has been selected as a 2024 Falling Walls Science Summit Finalist for his work creating the first human pangenome reference.

Portrait of Luca de Alfaro

Luca de Alfaro, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering was elected as Foreign Member to the Turin Academy of Sciences — one of the oldest academies of sciences in Italy. Previous foreign members have included Charles Darwin, Leonhard Euler, and Carl Friedrich and there are currently only 25 foreign members in the physical, mathematical, and natural sciences.

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Ali Shariati, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering was awarded a Large Grant from the UCSC Faculty Senate Committee on Research (COR) for his work: Generation of CRISPR-programmed Human Embryo Models.

Portrait of Dustin Richmond

Dustin Richmond, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering was awarded a Large Grant from the UCSC Faculty Senate Committee on Research (COR) for his work: Repurposing DRAM for Neuromorphic Computation.

Portrait of Alex Pang

Alex Pang, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering was awarded a Large Grant from the UCSC Faculty Senate Committee on Research (COR) for his work: VIP Navigation Assistant.

Portrait of Katia Obraczka

Katia Obraczka, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering was awarded a Large Grant from the UCSC Faculty Senate Committee on Research (COR) for her work: Towards AI Democratization Through Decentralized Edge Intelligence.

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Sri Kurniawan, Associate Professor of Computational Media was awarded a Large Grant from the UCSC Faculty Senate Committee on Research (COR) for her work: Community-Engaged Culturally-Sensitive Development of Virtual Reality Stories of Fire Management by Karuk Native American Community.

Portrait of Sangwon Hyun

Sangwon Hyun, Assistant Professor of Statistics was awarded a Large Grant from the UCSC Faculty Senate Committee on Research (COR) for his work: Next-Generation Statistical Gating and Characterization of Immune Cells in Health and Disease.

Ten distinguished undergraduate projects received Baskin Engineering Dean’s Awards for their outstanding contributions to engineering research. Three of these projects also received Chancellor’s Awards, given to the most outstanding Dean’s Awards projects.

Portrait of Nathan Altice

Nathan Altice, Associate Teaching Professor of Computational Media, received the Distinguished Teaching Award, recognizing outstanding teaching at UCSC.

Portrait of David Haussler

David Haussler, Distinguished Professor of Biomolecular Engineering received the Chancellor’s Lifetime Achievement in Innovation Award, highlighting his incredible career in computer science and biology, including his role in the first sequencing of the human genome, his invention of the UCSC genome browser, and his mentorship and training of many people along the way.

Portrait of Holger Schmidt

Holger Schmidt, Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics, received the award of Innovator of the Year for his work on highly sensitive devices called optofluidic chips.

Portrait of Daniel Kim

Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Daniel Kim, moved on to the Elite 8 in STAT Madness, a contest to find the best innovation in science and medicine.

Portrait of Christina Chung

Assistant Professor of Computational Media Christina Chung and colleagues, received the CHI 2024 Best Paper (Top 1%) Award for their research on a card-based design tool to bridge academic research and design practice for social resilience.

Portrait of Norman Makoto Su

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Human Computer Interaction Norman Makoto Su, along with colleagues, received a CHI 2024 Honorable Mention (top 5%) for the team’s paper on video interventions to educate users about targeted advertising on Facebook.

Portrait of UCSC sudent Vikyath Nardasi and UC Davis students Ashwin Chembu and Gautham Pandian

Tallyrus, a web application for essay grading developed by Baskin Engineering student Vikyath Nardasi and UC Davis students Ashwin Chembu and Gautham Pandian, placed first in the 2024 Student Creativity Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Slug Tank competition.

Black and white portrait of Colleen Josephson.

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Colleen Josephson won the 2023 VMware Early Career Faculty Award, recognizing her as a leader of the next generation of exceptional faculty members.

Josephson was nominated and selected as a finalist in the 2024 Best of Sensors Awards program in the Rising Star category.

Portrait of Leilani Gilpin

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Leilani Gilpin received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) 2024 Young Investigator Program award.